What Is Yin Qiao San
Yin Qiao San is a common and practical traditional Chinese medicine prescription. It first appeared in <Wen Bing Tiao Bian> (Treatise on differentiation and treatment of seasonal warm diseases) in 1,798 AD.
Yin means “Flos Lonicerae”, Qiao means “Fructus Forsythiae”, and San means “a ground powder”. It is a traditional Chinese medicine prescription mainly composed of Flos Lonicerae and Fructus Forsythiae.
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is often used to relieve exterior symptoms, clear heat and remove toxins, and treat colds, influenza, acute tonsillitis, upper respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, measles, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, mumps, rubella, urticaria, and skin ulcers.
With the development of pharmaceutical technology, the decoction of Yin Qiao San has been rare. It has been improved into pills and granules. Compared with decoctions, the dosages of pills and granules are more standard.
In the market, the common Yin Qiao San include Yin Qiao Pian, Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan, and Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian.
- Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae)
- Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae)
- Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi)
- Bo He (Mentha)
- Dan Dou Chi (Fermented Soybeans)
- Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum Gracile)
- Niu Bang Zi (Fructus Arctii)
- Jing Jie (Schizonepeta Tenuifolia)
- Lu Gen (Rhizoma Phragmitis)
- Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
The medicinal property of Jin Yin Hua is relatively cold. It can clear heat and remove toxins, dispel wind and heat. The medicinal property of Jin Yin Hua is slightly cold. It can clear heat and remove toxins, alleviate swelling and dissipate indurated mass, dispel wind and heat. Their synergistic use can more effectively dispel wind and heat, clear heat, and remove toxins.
The medicinal property of Bo He is relatively cool. It can dispel wind and heat, relieve sore throat, and promote eruptions.
The medicinal property of Niu Bang Zi is relatively cold. It can dispel wind and heat, disperse lungs and dispel phlegm, relieve sore throat, and promote eruptions. Their synergistic use can remove heat toxins, relieve swelling and sore throat.
The medicinal property of Jing Jie is relatively warm. It can dispel wind and relieve exterior symptoms, promote eruptions and reduce sores. The medicinal property of Dan Dou Chi is relatively cool. It can relieve exterior symptoms, and promote sweating.
Both of these medicines have relatively neutral medicinal properties and can treat symptoms caused by wind-cold or wind-heat.
The medicinal property of Lu Gen is relatively cold. It can clear heat and purge fire, promote fluid production to quench thirst. The medicinal property of Dan Zhu Ye is relatively cold. It can clear heat and purge fire, relieve restlessness, promote urination. Their synergistic use can more effectively clear heat, promote fluid production to quench thirst.
The medicinal property of Jie Geng is relatively neutral. It can disperse lungs and dispel phlegm, relieve sore throat and coughs.
The medicinal property of Gan Cao is relatively neutral. It can reconcile the effects of other Chinese herbal medicines in this prescription and reduce the side effects of other Chinese herbal medicines. It synergizes with Jie Geng to help relieve sore throat and coughs.
- Anti-inflammation, inhibiting croton oil-induced mouse ear swelling and egg white-induced rat foot swelling.
- Inhibiting influenza A virus, herpes simplex virus, Coxsackie virus, enterovirus 71, vesicular stomatitis virus, adenovirus, and respiratory syncytial virus.
- Promoting sweat gland secretion and inhibiting the increase in body temperature of rats caused by the triple vaccine.
- Promoting eruptions, and treating measles, rubella, and urticaria.
- Alleviating swelling and dissipating nodulation, treating skin redness, sores, and abscesses.
- Treating fever, mild aversion to wind, yellowish nasal discharge, headache, dry throat, sore throat, yellow phlegm caused by wind-heat.
- Relieving itchy throat, dry cough, cough, shortness of breath, phlegm in the throat, thick phlegm, yellow phlegm, chest pain, flushing, and dry mouth.
- Treating throat pain, dysphagia, dryness and burning sensation in the throat, acute tonsillitis, pharyngitis, aversion to cold, fever, headache, nasal congestion, cough, and fatigue caused by wind-heat.
- Treating colds, influenza, upper respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, epidemic meningitis, mumps, hand-foot-mouth disease in children.
- It has a certain inhibitory effect on Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus A,
- Streptococcus B hemolyticus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Catacoccus, and Proteus.
- Studies have found that it can enhance the ability of macrophages to swallow foreign bodies, and has obvious anti-allergic effects on polymorphic allergies.
How to use it
When using Yin Qiao San, follow the instructions for the medicine. Yin Qiao San has traditional herbal decoctions, pills, and granules.
When using the ancient Chinese medicine method to make Yin Qiao San, all the medicines are added and decocted together. Because its ingredients contain volatile oil, it should not be boiled for a long time.
The decoction of Yin Qiao San has been rarely used, and it needs to be made by a doctor. Take decoction 2 times a day.
When taking its pills, you should take it with warm water. The dosage per administration is about 3-5g. Take it 2-3 times a day.
When taking its granules, it should be taken after stirring and dissolving in warm water. The dosage per administration is about 10g. Take it 2-3 times a day.
Children’s dosage should be reduced correspondingly according to their body weight.
Generally, after taking the medicine for 1-2 days, the patient’s symptoms will be relieved. Patients should stop using it when their symptoms have resolved.
At present, there is no report in the literature that taking it at the prescribed dose will cause serious adverse reactions.
A small proportion of patients taking it may cause allergic reactions, such as measles-like rash, erythema multiforme drug eruption, and drug-induced dermatitis.
Precautions and Warnings
- During the medication, it is not recommended to drink, smoke, eat spicy or greasy food.
- During the medication, it is not recommended to take purging fire Chinese medicine or nourishing Chinese medicine.
- People with wind-cold should not take it. The symptoms are an aversion to cold, fever, anhidrosis, nasal congestion, thin nasal discharge, cough, and thin sputum.
- People with damp-heat diseases should not take it.
- People with deficiency-cold in the spleen and stomach should not take it.
- People who are allergic to the ingredients in Yin Qiao San should not take it.
- Patients with severe chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease should take it under the guidance of a doctor.
- Pregnant women and breastfeeding women should take it under the guidance of a doctor.
- Children, the elderly, and the infirm should take it under the guidance of a doctor.
- If you are taking other drugs at the same time, you should consult your doctor to prevent interactions between the drugs and affect the efficacy of the drugs.
- After using it for 3 days, if the symptoms are not relieved, you should go to the hospital in time.